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Why exercise is more important than weight loss for longevity

I write a lot about the science of exercise and weight loss in this column, but if your goal is to be thinner, many are frankly depressed. This past study overwhelmingly shows that people who start exercising rarely lose weight unless they significantly reduce their food intake. Exercise is generally just too low in calories to help you lose weight. Also, as I wrote in last week’s column, some of the small calorie consumption from exercise can be consumed later by eating more, reducing movement, and unknowingly dialing back the body’s metabolic operations. It tends to be supplemented by reducing typical daily energy expenditure.

Why exercise is more important than weight loss for longevity

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